Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Steve Jobs: American Manufacturing Icon at One of the Most Successful Manufacturing Firms in History

From Holman Jenkins, in the WSJ, "The Amazing Steve Jobs Story: He ranks in the industrial pantheon along with Edison and Ford":

"What comes to mind now is a forgotten PBS show in the 1980s that tried to explain what was then known as the "quality revolution" in business. Interviewed was some wise old MIT professor who said, if memory serves, "Quality is love." Mr. Jobs's determination to make superb products was, one likes to think, an expression of love for the world, life and possibility." 

MP: As I wrote recently, "When we celebrate the genius of Steve Jobs and the success of Apple Computers, we should remember  that we are also celebrating the success of American manufacturing.  Simply put, Steve Jobs and Apple prove that American manufacturing is not dying, but is very much alive and well."     


At 10/06/2011 1:02 AM, Blogger sethstorm said...

Except that Apple hasn't done any US-side manufacturing in a while. The quality revolt got put down by a sea of Chinese junk. Slaves will always be cheaper than free people, and businesses seek these countries out when a location's workers get too much freedom.

Instead of businesses making endless complaints on skill, how about trying direct, full-time hiring of people - trained up to the desired level?

At 10/06/2011 7:36 AM, Blogger Larry G said...

correct. the thing to understand about Apple and companies like it - is ..what KIND of jobs do they provide in THIS country verses WHERE do they actually do the manufacturing of the product?

the jobs that our non-college-educated used to rely on - are going overseas....and the ones that are left behind require world-class educations... that only about 30% of our kids are getting...

the other 60% not bound for college cannot compete for the technical world-class jobs.

a significant number of our high school graduates cannot even qualify for jobs in our own military which has become increasingly technology-driven.

At 10/06/2011 1:53 PM, Blogger Tim Reed said...

Steve Jobs did his best to bring the technology to the people. He's a great loss to our community and to Apple. How will this company compete without their guru in the future? Tim of asr hip replacement

At 10/06/2011 2:11 PM, Blogger t11s said...

What about the success of American venture capital!

Venture capitalist Don Valentine first met with Jobs, and then passed him on to VC Mike Markkula who in 1977 invested nearly $92,000 in Apple and also laid the groundwork for a bank loan of $250,000 from Bank of America to get the Apple II produced.

And what about American investment banking? Morgan Stanley and Hambrecht & Quist underwrote the IPO for Apple in 1980 that raised an astonishing $100 million.

Of Apple's 1000 employees, 40 became instant IPO millionaires that day.

At 10/06/2011 9:41 PM, Blogger Hydra said...

Steve jobs never built anything I cared enough to own.

Most of his stuff was built overseas, anyway.

At 10/06/2011 9:46 PM, Blogger Hydra said...

40 became instant millionaire's?

What about the rest?

4% of the employees made what % of the profit?

At 10/09/2011 7:10 AM, Blogger Tintu said...

Apple is simply "Beauty with Brains" I hardly eat Apple but its part of my life 24hrs 365 days & always, I am loving it. Hat's of to Mr Steve .

At 10/10/2011 3:37 AM, Blogger Ian Random said...

I remember years(decades?) ago they had a highly automated plant in California. I would say it is a triumph of American design since the overnments at all levels have scared the !@#$ out of manufacturers. The usual suspects come to mind like their obsession with things like swampland (hydric soil), minimum productivity (wage) requirements and laws against freedom of association(unions).


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